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Spiritual Cafe: Jacob Returns to the Promise Land
Wiesenthal Condemns Egyptian Official’s Blaming Israel for Paris Attacks

December 1, 2015 - 10:01 PM
Israel Hunts for Abu Dhabi Office After Joining International Renewable Energy Agency

December 1, 2015 - 9:55 PM
Iraq Launching New Offensive to Retake ISIS Stronghold Ramadi

December 1, 2015 - 8:40 PM
UPDATED Pipe Bomb Explodes in Istanbul Speculation ISIS or PKK

December 1, 2015 - 7:02 PM
White House Invites Arab MK Who Blames ‘Occupation’ for Terror

December 1, 2015 - 6:15 PM
Greece to Ignore EU’s Anti-Israel Labeling Rules

December 1, 2015 - 5:45 PM
Israeli Missile May Protect Worldwide Off-Shore Oil Rigs

December 1, 2015 - 3:37 PM
Erdogan to Quit If Putin Proves Claim Turkey Imports Oil From ISIS

December 1, 2015 - 3:29 PM
Best Response to EU Product Labeling: Buy Labeled Products

December 1, 2015 - 2:34 PM
Court Sentences Jew for Arson Attack on Jewish-Arab School

December 1, 2015 - 2:10 PM
Palestinian Authority Government Incites Arab Women in Media Campaign

December 1, 2015 - 1:15 PM
UPDATE: German Store Sells ‘Made in Israeli’ Goods from Settlements

December 1, 2015 - 12:57 PM
Supreme Court Cancels Terrorist Home Demolition

December 1, 2015 - 12:41 PM
Chassidic New Year’s Celebrations Cheer Up Israel, Cities Around the World

December 1, 2015 - 12:06 PM
Security Passes Being Scrutinized in Paris Airport

December 1, 2015 - 10:48 AM
Rabbinic Court Permits Wedding 2nd Wife over 1st Wife’s Dementia

December 1, 2015 - 10:44 AM
Arab with Knife Caught Near Efrat, Attempted Stabbing Near Einav, Terrorist Killed

December 1, 2015 - 10:26 AM
Lebanon-al Nusra Prisoner Exchange Has Begun

December 1, 2015 - 9:33 AM
Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked by Stone-Throwers in Shuafat

December 1, 2015 - 9:29 AM
Stabbing in Jerusalem

December 1, 2015 - 8:14 AM
UPDATE: Terror Attack at Tzomet HaGush

December 1, 2015 - 8:04 AM
In the Contest Between Victimized Expellees, Jewish Refugees of Arab Lands Have Proof

December 1, 2015 - 4:20 AM
See the World’s Largest Menorah on Fifth Avenue (Sunday Night)

December 1, 2015 - 2:07 AM
‘Kosher Russia’ Party Ready to Hit Parliamentary Elections

November 30, 2015 - 10:59 PM
Jewish Genome Event Explores Tracing our Jewish Identity to our DNA

November 30, 2015 - 9:50 PM
Police, Shin Bet, Promise Dramatic Development in ‘Jewish Terror’ Case

November 30, 2015 - 9:29 PM
Abbas Shakes Hands with Netanyahu in Paris, Blames Israel for PA’s Environmental Failures

November 30, 2015 - 9:22 PM
DM Ya’alon Says Israel is Prepared for Escalation in Terror Attacks

November 30, 2015 - 7:21 PM
France Demands Details From IAEA On Iranian Nuclear Activities

November 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM
ISIS and Iran: A New Era Ignites in Israel, America and the World

November 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Some Ultra-Orthodox Troubled by Bazooka’s New Kosher Certification

November 30, 2015 - 5:29 PM
Terrorists Sentenced for Plotting to Kill Jews on Temple Mount, Police on Patrol

November 30, 2015 - 5:14 PM
Speed Limit Raised to 80 Miles an Hour on Highway 6

November 30, 2015 - 3:29 PM
Media Go Haywire over Abbas-Netanyahu Handshake

November 30, 2015 - 3:15 PM
Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Terror around the World – Except in Israel [video]

November 30, 2015 - 2:17 PM
Foreign Ministry Recruiting Former Unit 8200 Soldiers for Social Media Battles

November 30, 2015 - 1:31 PM
After Surprise Visit to Jordan, Ben Carson Wants No Refugees in America

November 30, 2015 - 1:24 PM
Committee Expected to Approve Kotel Plaza 2-Story Beit Haliba Project

November 30, 2015 - 1:20 PM
Israeli Start-Up Finds Parking Places for Drivers

November 30, 2015 - 1:08 PM
World Leaders Gather for ‘COP-21 Paris 2015’ Climate Change Conference

November 30, 2015 - 12:47 PM
Bayit Yehudi’s Yinon Magal Announces Resignation from Knesset

November 30, 2015 - 11:27 AM
Israeli Court Convicts Jewish Murderers of Arab Teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir

November 30, 2015 - 11:04 AM
More Arab Media Incitement After Clashes in Jerusalem Neighborhood

November 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Israeli Paramedic Reflects on Treating Wounded Syrians

November 30, 2015 - 1:24 AM
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Gavel and Court Lawyers Called Upon to Use Their Legal Skills to Fight for Israel

The Activist Lawyer Seminar will be held on March 7 to March 13 in Jerusalem and Northern Israel.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
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Posted on: December 5th, 2012


The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their father, saying: “Look what we have found. Do you recognize it? Is this your son’s robe or not?” Jacob recognized it and replied, “It is my son’s robe. A wild beast has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces.”

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Posted on: November 28th, 2012


Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of 22 years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob as revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Will he do so now, or has time healed the wound? Jacob sends messengers to let his brother know he is coming. They return, saying that Esau is coming to meet Jacob with a force of 400 men. We then read: “Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed” (Genesis 32:8).

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Posted on: November 14th, 2012


Rebecca, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, she went to inquire of the Lord – “vateilech lidrosh et Hashem” (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future.

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Posted on: October 24th, 2012


The call to Abraham, with which Parshat Lech Lecha begins, seems to come from nowhere: “Leave your land, your birthplace, and your father’s house, and go to a land that I will show you.”

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Posted on: October 17th, 2012


Is there such a thing as an objective basis of morality? For some time, in secular circles, the idea has seemed absurd. Morality is what we choose it to be. We are free to do what we like so long as we don’t harm others. Moral judgments are not truths but choices. There is no way of getting from “is” to “ought,” from description to prescription, from facts to values, from science to ethics. This was the received wisdom in philosophy for a century after Nietzsche had argued for the abandonment of morality – which he saw as the product of Judaism – in favor of the “will to power.”

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Posted on: October 11th, 2012


It is the most famous, majestic and influential opening of any book in literature: “In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth.” What is surpassingly strange is the way Rashi – most beloved of all Jewish commentators – begins his commentary:

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Posted on: September 25th, 2012


Yom Kipper, the Day of Atonement, is the supreme moment of Jewish time, a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment. At no other time are we so sharply conscious of standing before God, of being known by Him. But it begins in the strangest of ways.

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Posted on: September 20th, 2012


By now Moses had given 612 commands to the Israelites. But there was one further instruction he still had to give, the last of his life, the final mitzvah in the Torah: “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be My witness against the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31: 19).

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Posted on: September 12th, 2012


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a kind of clarion call, a summons to the Ten Days of Penitence that culminate in the Day of Atonement. The Torah calls it “the day when the horn is sounded,” and its central event is the sounding of the shofar.

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Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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It would be reasonable to assume that a language that contains the verb “to command” must also contain the verb “to obey.” The one implies the other, just as the concept of a question implies the possibility of an answer. We would, however, be wrong. There are 613 commandments in the Torah, but there is no word in biblical Hebrew that means “to obey.” When Hebrew was revived as a language of everyday speech in the nineteenth century, a word, letsayet, had to be borrowed from Aramaic. Until then there was no Hebrew word for “to obey.”

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Posted on: August 29th, 2012


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness...” (Dr. Martin Luther King).

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Posted on: August 22nd, 2012


There is a fascinating detail in the passage about the king in this week’s parshah. The text says that, “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he must write for himself a copy of this Torah on a scroll before the levitical priests” (Deuteronomy 17:18). He must “read it all the days of his life” so that he will be God-fearing and never break Torah law. But there is also another reason: so that he will “not begin to feel superior to his brethren” (Kaplan translation), “so that his heart be not haughty over his brothers” (Robert Alter). The king had to have humility. The highest in the land should not feel that he is the highest in the land.

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Posted on: August 15th, 2012


Having set out the broad principles of the covenant, Moses now turns to the details, which extend over many chapters and several parshiyot. The long review of the laws that will govern Israel in its land begin and end with Moses posing a momentous choice.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2012


Something implicit in the Torah from the very beginning becomes explicit in the book of Devarim. God is the God of love. More than we love Him, He loves us. Here, for instance, is the beginning of this week’s parshah: “If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love [et ha-brit ve-et ha-chessed] with you, as he swore to your ancestors. He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers” (Deuteronomy 7:12-13).

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Posted on: August 1st, 2012


Near the end of Parshas Va’etchanan, so inconspicuously that we can sometimes miss it, is a statement with such far-reaching implications that it challenges the impression that has prevailed thus far in the Torah, giving an entirely new complexion to the biblical image of the people Israel:

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Posted on: July 18th, 2012


During The Three Weeks between 17 Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, as we recall the destruction of the Temples, we read three of the most searing passages in the prophetic literature, the first two from the opening of the book of Jeremiah, the third, next week, from the first chapter of Isaiah.

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Posted on: June 27th, 2012


It is a scene that still has the power to shock and disturb. The people complain. There is no water. It is an old complaint and a predictable one. That’s what happens in a desert. Moses should have been able to handle it in his stride. He has been through far tougher challenges in his time. Yet suddenly he explodes into vituperative anger:

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Posted on: June 13th, 2012


The episode of the spies has rightly puzzled commentators throughout the centuries. How could they have got it so wrong? The land, they said, was as Moses had promised. It was indeed “flowing with milk and honey.” But conquering it was impossible. “The people who live there are powerful, and the cities fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of the giant there … We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are … All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the titans there … We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we seemed in theirs” (Numbers 13:28-33).

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Posted on: June 6th, 2012


Adaptive leadership is called for when the world is changing, circumstances are no longer what they were, and what once worked works no more. There is no quick fix, no pill, no simple following of instructions. We have to change. At a certain point, Moses had to help the Israelites change, to exercise responsibility, to learn to do things for themselves while trusting in God instead of relying on God to do things for them.

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Posted on: June 1st, 2012


There was an ongoing debate between the Sages as to whether the nazirite – whose laws are outlined in this week’s parshah – was to be praised. Recall that the nazirite was someone who voluntarily, usually for a specified period, undertook a special form of holiness. This meant that he was forbidden to consume wine or any grape products, to have a haircut, and to defile himself by contact with the dead.

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